SCIENZE UMANISTICHEModern PhilologyAcademic Year 2022/2023


Teacher: Sergio Alfio Maria CRISTALDI

Expected Learning Outcomes

The learning objectives can be declined according to specific knowledge, skills and abilities, gradually acquired during and confidently possessed by the student at the end of the course. The main learning objective is the broad and solid knowledge of Dante and of the dantesque philology. To this disciplinary knowledge, declined both in a historical-diachronic and a formal-stylistic key, in the latter case with particular reference to the main characteristics of the literary genres studied within the chronological span of the course (the lyric, the treatise, the poem), an understanding of the mechanisms that govern the transmission over time of forms, stylistic features, literary themes must be added; in this case, knowledge of the historical tradition of Dante’s poetry is also pursued with the aim of acquiring the research method of the discipline (see Module A). At the end of the course the student will have acquired ability to combine solid historical-cultural knowledge, relating to Dante and dantesque philology, with an increased autonomy of judgment, historically and philologically founded, about the texts indicated in the program as the object of specific study. At the end of the course, the student will be able to express acquired knowledge through communication skills appropriately solicited and educated in class, marked by logical clarity, expressive effectiveness, appropriate use of technical language.

Course Structure


Required Prerequisites

Knowledge of the fundamental aspects of Italian literature of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, as well as the general coordinates of Dante's work.

Attendance of Lessons

Face-to-face lessons

Detailed Course Content

A) Dantesque Philology. An Introduction (2 ECTS)

B) Dante’s Purgatory (3 ECTS)

C) Dante and Averroes (1 ECTS)

Textbook Information


S. Bellomo, Filologia e critica dantesca, Nuova edizione riveduta e ampliata, Brescia, La Scuola, 2012, pp. 11-315.


1- Dante Alighieri, Purgatorio. Critical reading of the following cantos : I, II, III, VI, XI, XIV, XVI, XXII, XXIII, XXIV, XXVIII, XXX, XXXI, XXXII, XXXIII.

One of the following commentaries is suggested : edited by U. Bosco e G. Reggio, Firenze, Le Monnier ; edited by A.M. Chiavacci Leonardi, Milano, Mondadori ; edited by G. Inglese, Roma, Carocci ; edited by S. Bellomo and S. Carrai, Torino, Einaudi.  

2- S. Cristaldi and S. Italia (edited by), Lecturae Dantis. Letture del Purgatorio, «Le forme e la storia», n.s. XIV (2021), 1, pp. 7-269.


S. Cristaldi, La «Monarchia» in una controversia fra Gilson e Nardi, in E. Ardissino (edited by), Dante : filosofia e poesia della giustizia, Milano-Udine, Mimesis Edizioni, 2021, pp. 215-254. 

S. Cristaldi, Corpi e anime nella «Commedia» di Dante, in S. Magherini (edited by), Studi di letteratura italiana in onore di Gino Tellini, I, Firenze, Società Editrice Fiorentina, 2018, pp. 74-102

Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.

Course Planning

 SubjectsText References
1Elements of Dante's Philology
2Dante's life and the development of the poet and of the man of letters
3Experimentalism and tradition in Dante's work
4Gilson as Dante scholar
5From Vita Nova to the poem
6Comedy: element of structure
7Allegory and symbol in the poem
8Levels of meaning of the journey in the Comedy
9Time and space in the Purgatory
10The system of meetings in Purgatory
11Bodies and souls in the poem
12The return of Beatrice at the end of Purgatory
13The guilt / punishment system in Purgatory
14The Monarchia
15Intellectual and philosophical sources of the Monarchy
16Aristotle in the Christian Middle Ages
17Averroes, Aristotle and Dante
18Thomism and Dante's intellectual system

Learning Assessment

Learning Assessment Procedures

Oral exam; and also an ongoing written test (recommended).

The assessment of the exam will take into account the mastery of the contents and skills acquired, linguistic accuracy and lexical properties, as well as the argumentative ability demonstrated by the candidate.

Examples of frequently asked questions and / or exercises

Vita di Dante.

La tradizione di un’opera di Dante a scelta della Commissione.

Lettura, parafrasi commento metrico, stilitico e tematico di un canto del Purgatorio a scelta della Commissione.

Una fra le Lecturae Dantis dedicate al Purgatorio a scelta della Commissione.

La Monarchia nell’interpretazione di Gilson.

Dante nell’interpretazione di Gentile e di Nardi.

Il rapporto fra l’anima e il corpo nell’aldilà dantesco. 

Versione in italiano